By Ogar Monday
The Sector Commander, Cross River State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Chidiebere Nkwonta has said that 90 percent of the vehicles procured by the state government remain unlicensed despite several efforts by the corps to get them to do so.
Mr. Nkwonta who pleaded with the state government to set an example for other motorist by registering its vehicles, disclosed this when the Director General of the Greater Calabar City Development Authority, Mr. Kingsley Ikpeme paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
He lamented that the corps does not have the moral justification to chase after motorist for not registering their vehicle when the state government has refused to do so.
He averred that: “When we arrest these persons carrying state government unregistered vehicles they start fighting with our personnel and then bring the mobile courts. We are handicapped. We have even pleaded with the Governor to wave this license fee and procure plate numbers for these vehicles but as we speak nothing has been done.”
Furthermore, he said that the Corps has been carrying out community service and maintained that they are ready to work with any organisation that is willing to partner them to make the roads safe for users.
Earlier, Mr. Ikpeme informed the commandant and his team that the agency has just being created and that his visit is aimed at creating a working relationship with parastatals that are on his line of duty.
“In recognition of the role of the Federal Road Safety Corps as the department of government with the constitutional role of keeping public order, safety and enforcing the laws on our roads, that is why we are here to seek for synergy, support and cooperation from your organization to ensure that lives and properties are safe while on the road,” Ikpeme said.
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